Having been working in the domain of tree nursery for over a decade now, Green Care Association ( GCA) has been enjoying the privilege of working with many institutions who solicit assistance in issues concerning Trees. It is in this light that (GCA) had opportunity to educates Students on Seed collection, Seed preservation, Tree Nursery and out planting and above all the values of Trees. This time around it was the turn of students of Islamic High School Kumbo and Government High School Shisong. These were student of Science Clubs who were practically drilled on setting up tree nurseries and Tree out planting. Other Lessons presented also included seed collection, Tree seed nursing techniques, Out planting and values of most of the trees.
Thanks to Global Giving friends we able to use donations to sustain our Nursery Project by buying Tree nursery material and equipment.
For over a decade Green Care Association have been working on the promotion of Tree Nursery and Out planting in Community water Catchments and Forests. These efforts have help to stabilize the water table and improve biodiversity in the areas concern. Some of the trees planted have medicinal, cultural and ecomomic values like Prunus africana, Polysia fulva, Cordia dichotoma, Trema guineensis and many other species. Some of these trees have been seriously attacked by a parasitic plant Mistletoe. These Mistletoe help to make it difficult for the main plant to grow. It is for these reasons that Green Care Association decided to eliminate the parasitic plant by recruiting guys to cut down the Mistletoe, which so far remains the best approach to eliminate it. Thanks to Global Giving funds which enabled us to register some success in this domain. The project is attracting public attention and response. We remain very grateful to our Global Giving donors.
Having been working with local untrained bee farmers for over six years Green Care Association decided to identify farmers who are willing to convert traditional hives to top bar using local material like Bamboo. Thanks to openness of some local craft men like Mr Bouba who are ready to carry on the change. Being traditional leader, Mr Bouba is willing to also help spread the word and practice to other crafts men and farmers. He is to be trained in making top bar hives out of bamboo for Green Care to make available to local farmers.
Thanks to Globalgiving funds this project is seeing the light of day. This is to be followed by serious promotion thereby making possible cheaper hives, easier labour, Increased quantity and quality of honey for the common good.
With growing demand to diversify agricultural products, Green Care recently decided to intensify the production of Rapid Yam sets for local farmers. This is done in efforts to assist the many farmers who want to grow Yams but are having lots of difficulties because of lack of enough seeds. Green Care bought the material and equipment necessary for the multiplication of Yams sets with Global Giving funds. After a season the seeds are made available to farmers to plant as much as they want. Some request from interested farmers are already being registered.Thanks to our donors on Global Giving who are making it possible for us to continue helping our community dwellers.
Until recently Green Care Association has been training remote farmers in Apiculture. This approach has been improved to training and setting up demonstration farms as was the case in Mbuluf village of Bui Division in Cameroon. Instead of discouraging the cultural cylinder Hives Green Care introduced the Top bar Hive as alternative in its demonstration farm.
This approach targets to change cultural bee farming which for the most part is difficult, less productive and environmentally unfriendly.
Theophile who happened to be part of the installation team happily declared “ I now understand clearly what you guys were talking about Top Bar Hives. Its quite easy” Bee farming is a generation old practice but what is common in Bui Division is traditional and unproductive compare to the modern techniques. Thanks to Global Giving funds which enable Green Care to construct the Top Hives, Transport and install. They are going to serve as a good source of income generation and doubles as ideal farm for the common good. GlobalGiving donations are really life changing. Thank you so much.
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